Partnerships are key to effective Active and Safe Routes to School initiatives.
Many Ontario communities have established local committees or hubs to coordinate their active school travel efforts. These may include school, school board, public health, municipal, police and other representatives. Contact us to learn about the ASRTS committee in your area.
We are working to establish an Ontario ASRTS Community of Interest so that practitioners across the province can share knowledge. Watch this space and subscribe to our newsletter for updates.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has been committed to active school travel for two decades. An early financial supporter of School Travel Planning, it recently partnered with GCC on a two-year research and consultation project to identify priorities for active school travel in Ontario. The project included research on the extent of Active School Travel programming in Ontario. GCC and H&S are now working together to secure long-term, sustainable provincial investment in ASRTS programming.
Canadian Automobile Association-South Central Ontario
The Canadian Automobile Association-South Central Ontario (CAA-SCO) has a long history of supporting road safety including its long-running School Safety Patrol program. CAA-SCO also advocates for school zone safety and provides financial support to GCC for ASRTS resources and events.
Metrolinx, the regional transit authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, is a long-time supporter of active school travel, investing in STP pilot projects, research and events. Metrolinx facilitates regional coordination through the GTHA Active and Sustainable School Travel Regional Hub.
Ottawa Student Transportation Authority / City of Ottawa
The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority and the City of Ottawa are the lead funders for active school travel programming in the nation’s capital which includes School Travel Planning, a ground-breaking Walking School Bus program, and a multi-modal approach to student transportation services.
Active school travel across Canada
A number of provinces have their own active school travel programs. GCC is part of the National Active and Safe Routes to School Working Group, formed in 2016 to connect the leading organizations for ASRTS across Canada: